More Quilt Squares....
As you probably know, Pauline Bonanno, from Boston, MA hade made a quilt square in Marco's memory for the "United In Memory" quilt (see "Quilt Square" in the Archive section of this website). Over the past couple of months, I have also received e-mails from Kim Monins from Jersey, United Kingdom. She has also made a quilt square for Marco as well as found a couple of others that people have made. Kim has traveled all the way from the UK to California where she helped sew together the quilt and has done a tremendous amount of work on the quilt as well as made quilt squares for other victims of the 9/11 attacks. Coincidentally, Kim and Pauline had a chance to meet each other at the quilt debut in Long Beach, CA and Kim will be staying with Pauline in October when she comes back to help with the tour of the quilt. Kim was kind enough to send me some photos of the quilt squares made in Marco's memory. The following is one of Kim's e-mails along with the pictures of the quilt squares. I'd like to extend my sincere thanks to Kim, Pauline and all the others who have contributed to this project.
"Friday, September 6, 2002
I am just back home to Jersey, UK from my trip to Longbeach, California where I was invited to attend & speak at the launch ceremony of the United In Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt. This was held aboard the Queen Mary. It was an incredible evening, I can't begin to tell you how awesome the quilt panels looked. It was such an emotional night as you can imagine, there was a Gospel choir as well as various speakers including a NY firefighter. There were a few victims families in the audience. Not a dry eye in the house but an almost spiritual feeling of calm & peace at the end.
The quilt blocks were made with love which was certainly felt in that room. I had spent couple days before the ceremony helping the team get everything displayed etc, but during that time spent many tearful moments in front of Mark's block thinking about him & your family. I felt so honoured to be there for you & to have taken part in this project. Please try & get to see the quilt whenever it is near you. Sometimes not all panels will be touring at once so I do hope Panel 86 will be near your home at sometime, that contains my block! There were 3 other blocks for Mark, on Panels 60, 68 & 79. My block doesn't show up on the UIM website yet. The webmaster is re-doing it all.
Corey & Peter (quilt founders) have asked me to join them in Boston next month when the entire quilt shows there. Of course I said yes! We then take it all to Ohio. Then we fly with some panels to New York from where I fly home. Back to my family, who have been so supportive over my wish to be a part of this.
I'll be thinking of you on Wednesday next week & send you my love always,
Life is not measured by
the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away"